While it has barely been one month since Virgil Abloh dropped a showcase of Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 Collection offerings in Shanghai, the designer has not hesitated for a follow-up in the brilliant ports of Tokyo.
This time, fantasy comes into play with its Tokyo chapter of the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 Collection imagined as an exploration of the impossible.
Described as a twist on normality and an imbuing of the familiar and the extraordinary, the collection also draws a hereditary tribute to Ghana, the birthplace of Virgil Abloh’s parent.
The puppets, graphics, patterns and colours in the collection are informed by the Ghanaian wooden masks, hand-carved figurines, dolls and Kente cloth that Abloh grew up with.
The collection’s slender suiting, surreal accessories and motifs are references to the way Ghanaian men — Virgil Abloh’s father included — dressed in the 1970s.
This hopeful impossibility is what makes the same, cheery boyhood wonder that has permeated collections season after season at Louis Vuitton Men’s a worthy celebration.
It is a refreshed and modern take on the century old brand — and this second iteration is proof of Abloh’s abilities to craft great stories for menswear.
Here, a compilation of our 10 favourite looks from the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 Collection in Tokyo.
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